Friday, December 26, 2014

Winner Take All

A Villanova-North Carolina NCAA game usually produces a champion.

Winner Take All

Villanova and North Carolina have met in the NCAA Tournament five times ... and four of those times, the winner of the game has gone on to win the NCAA Championship:

 Year     Round  Winner  Title Game
 1982  Regional Final  North Carolina, 70-60     North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62
 1985  Regional Final  Villanova, 56-44  Villanova 66, Georgetown 64
 1991  Second Round  North Carolina, 84-69  Duke 72, Kansas 65
 2005  Regional Semifinal     North Carolina, 67-66  North Carolina 75, Illinois 70
 2009  Semifinal  North Carolina, 83-69  North Carolina 89, Michigan St. 72  
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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